Lian

 

Lian

Income Classification: 3rd Class
Congressional District: 1st District 
No. of Barangays: 19 
Land Area: 10,655.3489 has. 
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 47,562
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 32,446

Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)

Position
Mayor
Vice-Mayor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
LNB President
Local Official
Isagani I. Bolompo M.D., M.P.H.
Exequiel L. Bonuan
Leo F. Malinay
Florante C. Lagus Jr
Erwin M. Austria
Benito A. Magbago
Roland H. Magyaya
Tomas M. Delos Reyes
Leopoldo A. Jonson
Jaime C. Delos Reyes
Teodoro D. Palahang
Political Party
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
Nationalist People's Coalition
United Nationalist Alliance
Independent 
United Nationalist Alliance
 
Term
2nd
1st
1st 
2nd 
3rd 
1st 
3rd
2nd
1st
2nd
2nd 

 


About:
Lian is located in the northwestern part of Batangas Province and bounded on the north by the Municipality of Nasugbu; on the east by the Municipalities of Tuy and Balayan, on the west by South China Sea and on the south by the Municipality of Calatagan.  It is geographically situated at 120 degrees 39’ longitude and 14 degrees 12’ latitude.

Historical Background:
Centuries before Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippine Island, Chinese  traders were already bartering their porcelains, saucers, beads, needles and the like with cotton, pearls, shells and other products of the natives. 

In Luzon, especially in Batangas Province, some of these Chinese traders settled along the seashore of a community called San Diego (now barangay of Lian) until the Spaniards came to the place.  Incidentally, a Chinese trader whose name was “LI-AN” was asked by the Spaniards leader “Que es el nombre este lugar¿ (What is the name of this place?).  Thinking that his name was the one being asked, the Chinaman answered “LI-AN”.  The Spaniard thinking that this was already a town, nodded and said “Si, si, el pueblo de Lian” (Yes, yes, the town of Lian).

As years passed by, the Chinese settlers gradually disappeared from the community and possibly established themselves in other places where trade and commerce thrive better, Today, not even one of these foreigners could be found.

Originally, Lian was a barrio of the Municipality of Nasugbu. But through the able leadership of one “Kapitan Isko Lejano”, the separation of Lian from its mother municipality and its subsequent conversion into a municipality was worked out, leading to the organization of the municipal government in the year 1914-1915. Kapitan Isko Lejano was appointed First Municipal President (June 15, 1915-1917).

With the municipal government organized, they negotiated and effected the transfer of ownership of the entire Estate of Lian Colegio de San Jose (the original owner) to the town people in 1933.

At present, the municipality is composed of nineteen (19) barangays, 57 sitios and has an area of 10,655.3489 hectares. Its principal products are sugarcane, palay, vegetable and other staple crops.

Like any other municipality of the province, Lian has its share of heroic leaders and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. On January 16, 1945, Japanese soldiers stationed in the so called “Hacienda” (now St. Claire Academy), and Lian Elementary School, zoned the whole town of Lian and executed 48 known guerrillas. Two weeks later, January 31, 1945, the Americans liberated the town. Since then, the people of Lian commemorate and celebrate this day in honor of the 48 martyrs executed by the Japanese.

The town also celebrates its town fiesta every 24th day of June in honor of its Patron Saint, Saint John the Baptist. Another religious activity is the “Santuhan” where the life size image of St. John the Baptist is brought to any house where there are birthday celebrations, weddings, thanksgiving for good graces and blessings, barangay fiestas, recovery from sickness, graduation from courses, etc. This practice is not only true in the poblacion of the Municipality Lian, but also among the people of western Batangas and of the nearby provinces. People particularly consider this as a “pangako at pasasalamat’ for abundant harvest and good graces which they receive through the miraculous St. John the Baptist.

The Municipality was graced upon the beatification of its second Patron Saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, on October 18, 1987 in Rome by Pope John Paul II.

Geographic Location:
Lian is located in the northwestern part of Batangas Province and bounded on the north by the Municipality of Nasugbu; on the east by the Municipalities of Tuy and Balayan, on the west by South China Sea and on the south by the Municipality of Calatagan. It is geographically situated at 120 degrees 39’ longitude and 14 degrees 12’ latitude.

Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Manufacturing

Tourist Destinations: Malaruhatan Country Club, Dina’s Resort, Brgy. San Diego, Coral Beach Club, Brgy. Malaruhatan, Matabungkay Beach Hotel, Sea Breeze Rendezvous, White Castle Resort

Special Events/Festivals: Balsa Festival, Halo-halo Festival, Town Fiesta, Kasalang Bayan (Feb. 14 and August 29)

Contact Information:
Address: Municipal Hall, Lian, Batangas
Phone: (043) 2152320
Fax: (043) 7402597
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.lian.gov.ph


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